Pachycondyla vidua

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Pachycondyla vidua
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Pachycondyla
Species: P. vidua
Binomial name
Pachycondyla vidua
(Smith, F., 1857)

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Specimen Labels

Schmith & Shattuck (2014), during their revision of the subfamily Ponerinae, were unable to determine the proper generic placement of this taxon. They left it assigned to Pachycondyla but noted that this placement is undoubtedly incorrect. Exact placement will require detailed examination of relevant material of this taxa.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo (type locality), Indonesia, Malaysia.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • vidua. Ponera vidua Smith, F. 1857a: 68 (m.) BORNEO (East Malaysia: Sarawak).
    • Type-material: holotype male (gaster missing).
    • Type-locality: Malaysia: Borneo, Sarawak, “SAR.” (A.R. Wallace).
    • Type-depository: OXUM.
    • Combination in Pachycondyla: Donisthorpe, 1932c: 448;
    • incertae sedis in Pachycondyla: Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, 2014: 155.
    • [Note: generic combination equivocal: certainly not a Pachycondyla; perhaps Pseudoneoponera.]
    • Status as species: Smith, F. 1858b: 89; Smith, F. 1871a: 321; Dalla Torre, 1893: 43; Emery, 1911d: 116; Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 139; Donisthorpe, 1932c: 448; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 73; Bolton, 1995b: 311; Pfeiffer, et al. 2011: 57.
    • Distribution: Malaysia (Sarawak).

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Ponera vidua

Holotype male in Oxford University Museum of Natural History (gaster missing). Labelled “SAR” (= Sarawak) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Chapman, J. W., and Capco, S. R. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monogr. Inst. Sci. Technol. Manila 1: 1-327
  • Emery C. 1911. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125.
  • Pfeiffer M.; Mezger, D.; Hosoishi, S.; Bakhtiar, E. Y.; Kohout, R. J. 2011. The Formicidae of Borneo (Insecta: Hymenoptera): a preliminary species list. Asian Myrmecology 4:9-58
  • Smith, F. "Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects collected at Sarawak, Borneo; Mount Ophir, Malacca; and at Singapore, by A. R. Wallace." Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 2 (1857): 42-88.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1919. The ants of Borneo. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 63:43-147.